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Sears falls off the S&P 500

Sears Holdings will lose its spot in the S&P 500 after the close of trading on Sept. 4. It will be replaced by chemical maker LyondellBasell (LYB).

As one of America’s oldest retailers, Sears, Roebuck & Co. was one of the original members of the S&P 500 when the index was created in 1957 (69 of the index’s original components are still in the S&P 500 today, according to S&P’s Howard Silverblatt). 

Back in January 1920, Sears, Roebuck & Co. was added to the Dow Industrials and remained as part of the index for nearly 76 years until it got booted out in November 1999. And by 1965, Sears was the fifth largest stock in the United States.

In fact, Sears' name, in one form or another, has been in the S&P 500 since the index’s creation 55 years ago. 

The Sears exiting the S&P 500 on Tuesday, however, is not completely the same Sears that was originally included in the index back in 1957. 

After emerging from bankruptcy, Kmart Holding (old ticker KMRT) acquired Sears, Roebuck & Co. (old ticker S) in a deal that closed in March 2005. The new company took the name Sears Holdings and began trading under "SHLD," the ticker it holds today.


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